Protesters ‘Block’ Coal Shipments At Newcastle Port

- May 13, 2016-

The Australian police arrested 66 activists after they reportedly shut down the operations in Newcastle coal port, the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia, as part of a protest against fossil fuels.

Around 200 kayaks “symbolically” blocked Newcastle Harbour as part of the protest by about 1,500 people in the morning hours of May 8, according to the country’s police department.

Some suspended by rope from a conveyor belt above a ship at Kooragang Island, while others abseiled from Stockton Bridge at the Port Waratah coal facility and scaled a coal carrier’s mooring lines at Mayfield.

In total, 66 people were arrested, including 57 protesters who occupied a rail bridge at Sandgate, blocking coal trains.

All people who were arrested were granted police bail and are due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on June 9.

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